A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged building in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. / AFP / Ahmad MUWAFAQ
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International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against Daesh (ISIS), Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to help the battle-ravaged nation.Still, much remains uncertain for Iraq and the greater Middle East.The biggest single pledge came from Turkey, which announced $5 billion in credit to Iraq, while Kuwait's ruling emir said his oil-rich nation will give $1 billion in loans and $1 billion in direct investments.The donation by Kuwait's emir, the 88-year-old Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, showed the deep interest his nation has in making sure Iraq becomes a peaceful, stable country. Iraq also still owes Kuwait reparations from Saddam's 1990 invasion that sparked the 1991 U.S.-led Gulf War.That's even after the U.S. alone spent $60 billion over nine years -- some $15 million a day -- to rebuild Iraq after overthrowing Saddam in 2003 .Around $25 billion went to Iraq's military, which disintegrated during the lightning 2014 offensive of Daesh, an outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
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